The ‘In-Betweens’

Lately, I’ve been caught up in the ‘in-betweens’.

For some people that might be an easy place to avoid, but for me it is a common occurrence. I so easily get caught up in the places between where I am and where I aim to be. It can be in the simplest of things, like caught between the sending of a letter and the reply, or it can be between the big things, like graduating college and amounting to who I strive to be in the future – a man, a husband, a father, a storyteller.

Either way I get stuck. When what I was is passing away and what I wish for is yet to come who I am now seems so insignificant. What I am doing currently seems nothing compared to the imaginations of my youth and the dreams of whats in store.

This view, however, is beginning to change for me.

Two weeks ago I was in a stadium filled with 44,000 people just like me. Not only was the place packed to the brim, but voices stacked on top of voices as we sang out, ever filling the space between us. And though thousands of words were spoken during that time there are 7 specific words that keep repeating in my head: “God’s will for you is right now.” I heard these words as Louie Giglio either opened or closed the week (I can’t recall which). Over and over again I hear them as I moved through out the day: “God’s will for you is right now.” Day after day and week after week I heard them over and over and over and over again. They repeated and repeated and repeated.

So the other night I took some time to reflect on them. I decided to stop going online, to stop watching Netflix, to stop writing, and to just be. I picked up a book called, ‘Indescribable’ by Louie Giglio and Mat Redman and began to explore pictures of the Universe. There were supernovas, nebulas, and constellations; there were stars, suns, and planets. Wow! The universe was so vast and so beautiful – it was so beyond me.

It was in this moment that these words made sense: “God’s will for you is right now. Right now, in this moment, something is going down. Right here, in these seconds, beauty is being discovered.  Surrounding you, this very minute, is the world, is the universe, and you are exploring a book within a room within a state within a country within a continent within that world within that Universe. God has a purpose for this moment, for this second, for this millisecond, for this time of Sabbath.”

Suddenly, when I least expected the ‘in-betweens’ ceased to be the ‘in-betweens’ to become the beginning and the discovery; the accomplishment and the result.

In a flash they became all I ever imagined and all I ever dreamed.

What are some ways you can live in the moment?

(Psalm 84)

Check out this video as you reflect on the above question:
‘Be Here Now’ by Blaine Hogan

About Jeremiah Dowling

I write poetry and take crazy pictures in an Orange Chair all over the United States while reading amazing books.

2 responses to “The ‘In-Betweens’”

  1. Amy Lynn Wyman says :

    Man, I loved his sermon so much. We were just talking about it in Ladies’ Bible Study tonight! It’s so hard today with people always asking “So what are you doing now? You graduated, what’s next?” to not get wrapped up in the future to the detriment of the now. Listening to him it dawned on me that all the “destinations” our world throws at us and burdened us with are just lies from the Devil because he wants to ruin our contentment and distract us from our mission. The destination God has in mind is holiness and transformation into the very image of his Son and that’s not something we get by doing or achieving or getting your master’s degree or getting married and having the picket fence American dream. It’s something he wants us to surrender to the Holy Spirit doing within us right now, irregardless (and sometimes because of) trials or dry patches. Sure I won’t reach perfect holiness till I stand face to face with Him but he’s bringing me into it now and I don’t have to wait for marriage, or the perfect career, or the right timing to have intimacy with Him and that’s really what it’s all about and that’s really what my soul is longing to be satisfied with.

    • thestorymovement says :

      Hey thanks for the comment,

      Yeah I love Louie Giglio … he encourages me so much just by his heart and passion (no pun intended). And what you say about being shaped by his image and holiness is so true. God uses the ‘in-betweens’ to prepare us for when we reach the next phase of our lives… good thoughts… have a good day!

      In Christ,

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